Monthly Archives: June 2012

Waddesdon’s great – shame about the cars

Last Sunday, 17 June, was a perfect day to visit Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property north-west of Aylesbury in Bucks, but we were not alone, and like most other visitors we arrived by car.  Unfortunately the estate has not been able … Continue reading

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In praise of Otmoor

What better place to escape the jubilee junketings on Monday 4 June than on Otmoor in Oxfordshire. It is an amazingly wild and peaceful place, of wet meadows and reedbeds, just east of Oxford.  It’s an RSPB reserve, retrieved from the Ministry of Defence and agricultural … Continue reading

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Making path surveys fun

The Ramblers Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area, of which I am the footpath secretary, last week discussed a new way of doing path surveys. We have over a hundred volunteer path-checkers in our territory, each takes on one or … Continue reading

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The quest for ring ouzels

Every year I venture up Tavy Cleave on western Dartmoor in the hope of seeing, or at least hearing, ring ouzels.  My time on Dartmoor is always limited, I am only there for a few days at a time and not … Continue reading

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